NEW Update to Chrome OS allows for multiple profiles to be logged-in at the same time.

People who have multiple profiles using Chrome OS can attest to the inconvenience that comes up when you are logged-in as one profile and need to switch over to another one just for a moment; and then switch back.  It required logging out of one profile, logging in to another; emailing the info that you need; sharing a file via Google Drive or placing the item into a flash drive; then logging out of that profile and logging back into the first profile where you need the info.  Even if you have a NEW lighting fast Chromebook, the process can still be tedious.  With a NEW flag that was introduced into the Chrome OS Dev channel, it is now possible to log into multiple profiles as needed without logging out.

* At the time of the writing this article, I was not able to see how to ‘sign out’ of one of the profiles once you are logged into two or more.  The only option that I could find was ‘Sign Out all’.

To login to another account, click on your profile shown in the menu.  You will then see a drop-down that says ‘Sign in another account’.  When you choose that option, you are presented with a small banner advising you of the risks of being logged in and no longer needing a password to access your accounts while in that open session.  When you click-through that message, you then are given a screen with the accounts currently available to you on your Chrome OS device that you can login to.  Once you successfully login into another profile, in the bottom right corner you will see the icons of the profiles that you are currently logged in as.  You change between the two different profiles by clicking on the icons.  You can also switch between them in the menu.

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Looking Good: Chrome OS App Folders Coming Along Nicely…

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It’s been almost four months since support for Folders in the Chrome App Launcher was formally confirmed by Google developers in a bug report.

With Aura now enabled in the stable builds of Google Chrome on Windows, and due to land on Linux in the next month or so, we’re edging closer to the arrival of this long-awaited feature that will allow us to:

  • Add (and remove) apps to Folders
  • Name (and rename) folders
  • Sync Folder settings

But how’s the feature coming along since our last hands on preview of it back in November of last year?

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Files App Can Now Create Files and Folders in Google Drive When Your Chromebook is Offline

What a great news! Google Drive file/folder creation is now possible in the Files App even when we’re offline in the last Dev update,
François Beaufort said on his Google Plus post today. Here is the official crbug.

So next time you are offline, go ahead and create files or folders on your Google Drive and it will automatically be synced to your cloud storage on Google Drive next time you connect to the internet.

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That’s one more item off the offline feature wishlist for Chrome OS. What is next in your list?  ( Story via Chrome Story )

How To Access The Hidden Canary Mode On Chromebooks…

Did you know that Chrome OS has a hidden Canary Channel setting? Until recently, neither did I.

Much like the desktop browser version, Canary mode contains the latest development changes, new features and interface tweaks.

But, unlike the desktop version that can be run safely alongside regular stable Chrome, there is a good reason why it is hidden on Chrome OS: it’s buggier than a swamp full of rotting meat.

Crashes, half-implemented features, and a general lack of polish on UI changes; unexpected hardware issues, broken external monitor support and runaway resource-hungry processes are all scenarios that Chrome OS Canary can throw up.

Sounds like a nightmare. If, despite the potential for headaches, you do want to enable Canary mode you can. The awesome Kenny Strawn has detailed the entire switching process on his blog – from enabling developer mode to accessing the command-line prompt needed to issue the update edict.

But be warned: this is not a procedure to be carried out by the curious or inexperienced and there is no easy way to revert back to a stable build after updating.

Story courtesy of OMGChrome

‘Ok Google’ Voice Search Arrives in Chrome OS Dev Channel…

Your Chromebooks will soon get the magical “OK Google” voice command, just like the Android brotherhood.

So saying something like “Ok Google, find a bakery near me” will list suggestions for “find a bakery near me” – in this case just a normal Google Search.

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How to activate “OK Google” in a Chromebook

As mentioned above, be sure to be on the Chrome OS Dev channel.
Enable the experimental app launcher start page flag – chrome://flags/#enable-app-launcher-start-page.
Yes, Chromebooks (Chrome OS) now has the ability to initiate a search when you say “OK Google”.

Google has added a “voice recognizer plugin” to make this feature work offline too. So, even when you are offline, you can get things (that do not need a connection) done using this command.

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François Beaufort, of Google mentions this should just be the beginning. Right now you can only search, but eventually Google should optimize voice actions to work system-wide (much like with Android). Ideally, this will turn into a Google Now variant for the Chromebook. It will probably be able to perform actions like “Open Gmail”, “Open Google Play Music” and more.

Possibilities are limitless François says. This feature is just in its early stages, so we will soon see pretty useful things coming our way.

You can imagine the potential with this type of feature.

With the Google website already supporting more complex voice searches and Google Now features slowly creeping into Chrome itself, it’s only a matter of time before “Ok Google” becomes the fastest – and best – way to search on your Chromebook.

[Sneak Peek] The Google+ Photo App for Chrome OS

We take a sneak peek at the new Google+ Photos app now shipping with the Chromebook Pixel and soon to be available for the rest of the Chromebook family.

The main reason people should buy a Chromebook? Google+ integration. And as time goes on, we’ll be seeing more and more of packaged apps such as Google+ Photos which will make Chromebooks a Plusser’s dream.

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Google Cloud Messaging Comes to Chrome and Chrome OS, Brings Push Notifications

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Here is another Chrome and Chrome OS news that has Google IO written all over it. Google is bringing the Google Cloud Messaging. This was an Android only feature so far. With its introduction, Chrome apps will be able to use push notifications.

Excerpts from the blog post.

Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users’ machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) – across all channels of Chrome.

Here is the official introduction to the Google Cloud Messaging, which will give you an idea about what it does.

Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) is a service for signed-in Chrome users that helps developers send message data from servers to their Chrome apps and extensions. The service is intended to wake up an app or extension, and/or alert a user. For example, calendar updates could be pushed to users even when their calendaring app isn’t open.

For more details, check out the official documentation here.

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Dev Channel Update for Chrome OS

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The Dev channel has been updated to 28.0.1480.0 (Platform version: 4008.0.0) for all Chromebooks except Samsung Chromebooks. This build contains a number of bug fixes and feature enhancements.

Release Highlights:

  • Flash version updated to 11.7.700.178
  • Updated UI for the [x] close panel icon across infobars, find-in-page, pop-ups and more.
  • Fix to input characters for Thai (169032)

Google Now shows up in Chrome Canary – solid evidence that it’s coming

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We have been hearing rumors about Android’s Google Now coming to Chrome, but today we have some solid evidence of the service’s existence. Google Now has shown up as an experimental feature in Google Chrome Canary!

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Dropbox and Other Cloud Storage Platforms To Get Deeper Chrome OS Integration Similar to Google Drive

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Chrome OS team is working on a new API for cloud storage services to act like another drive within the Files app. In other words, make them work just like Google Drive on your Chromebook. I like the way Dropbox integrates with my computer and Android phone. The experience is seamless. When this API is ready, I am assuming that Chrome OS will be ready to provide that experience with any cloud storage service that you would like to use.

Here is how it might look like, image courtesy of OMG Chrome.

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[Update] Enable Automatic Location Sharing

The Google+ now allows you to automatically share your location with those that you choose. The feature is very similar to the idea behind Google Latitude. However, now the sharing is integrated into the Google+ profile.

There is a brand new “Location Settings” option under the account settings for Google+. Under this is a check box to “Enable Location Sharing.” As with everything pertaining to Google+, this setting can be made available only for yourself, the public, extended circles, or specific circles.

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Google Now Shows Up in Chrome Experimental Flags List

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We already know that Google Now is coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Code changes started showing up couple of months ago and then we saw the notifications center of Chrome OS and Chrome getting a redesign. Today there is one more thing to add to that list.

Google Now is now part of chrome://flags page which lists all the experimental features of Chrome and Chrome OS for testing. It has been added as a built in extension.

This is available in the latest Chromium builds.

We can enable the flag from chrome://flags but it is not functional yet because the Google Now URL is still a secret, says François Beaufort.

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The New ChromeOS Wallpaper Picker Is A Thing of Beauty

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Here’s a change in ChromeOS dev that many of you will find trivial but a few, myself included, will find beautiful: a dark wallpaper picker.

In terms of functionality the re-coloured wallpaper pick is almost identical to the stable channel’s version; you can choose from a range of pre-defined wallpapers, or set your own.

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Using Google Chrome OS File Manager

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The file manager on your Chromebook or Chromebox is almost similar to the normal windows or OSX file explorer you are used to. However, there are certain features that makes it stand out. In this article, I will introduce you to the file manager, its major features, and how to use it.

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Chrome’s Giant Touch-Optimized Menu

Somewhere between Chrome 25 (beta) and Chrome 26 (dev), the browser’s menu got bigger. It’s now optimized for touch interfaces even if you’re using a non-touch computer. I’ve checked the height of the menu and it’s now 580 pixels, instead of 420 pixels. That’s a 38% increase and it makes the interface more difficult to use for mouse users.

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The Cr-48 Easter Egg Has Been Cracked

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A few days ago I wrote that someone from the Chrome Team posted a message at the official Cr-48 users forum that there was an Easter Egg hidden inside of the Cr-48 and after six months it had yet to be cracked. It didn’t take too long before it was discovered, as Brad Wells has found that the BIOS has a hidden blue screen of death.

So how did he find it? As outlined in his own blog, checked out the LinkedIn profile of the Googler, Bill Richardson, and found that he was a former Sun Microsystems employee, and that he worked on something called Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) while there. Wells did a search for “ILOM easter eggs” and found a command “xxzzy” that caught his attention.

Switching the Cr-48 into developer mode, Wells used the command at the terminal and got a BSOD along with hexidecimal numbers. Converting those numbers into ASCII form resulted in this message.

Greetings from the Chrome OS x86 firmware team. This message is brought to you by Randall, Bill, Vadim, Gaurav, and Kelly. Also by the letter G and the number 42. If you’ve enjoyed this gadget, please join us at http://www.chromium.org to help make it even better. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress. No animals were harmed in the production of this message. Apply only to affected area. Cape does not enable wearer to fly. Contents may have settled during shipment. Use no hooks.

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Report: Cr-48s Resume Shipping

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Although the Cr-48 shipment tracker has likely seen its last days, people are reporting that they are getting gifted by Google with Chrome OS laptops. This comes contrary to what Chrome VP Sundar Pichai tweeted some time ago that the Cr-48s would cease shipping.

Perhaps an effort to send out what might have been a hidden cache of Chrome OS Pilot notebooks is why people are still getting them. It would be nice if some of our international readers would be the beneficiaries of these notebooks, but I’ve yet to find a substantial report that this is the case.

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Ahead of Launch, New-Look Profile Avatars Hitting Chrome OS

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Looking at the Chromium code reports, one can now see some new imagery that is going to be used for Chrome OS’s profile manager. This is likely a whole new set of graphics design that is being implemented for the impending launch where we’ll see some exciting new developments. Because not everyone wants to have their photo as their profile, there are going to be some colorful options available otherwise, a stark change from Google’s minimal aesthetics.

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Chrome OS For Enterprise – Features,Control Panel and More

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While I was hunting for Chrome OS notebooks and tablets in the Chromium Code base, something interesting and fairly new caught my attention. There is a new label called “Enterprise” and fresh bug reports and feature requests.

It’s no secret that Google has strong enterprise plans for Chrome OS. But, here we will look at what is in the making for enterprise admins to deploy and manage Chrome OS devices on their network.

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Chrome OS Gets an Improved File Manager

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 Some recent updates within Chrome/Chromium OS have made improvements to the system’s file manager. Specifically, it’s starting to look much more like a file manager than before, which graphical icons and much more granular detail. And while Chrome VP Sundar Pichai doesn’t have a lot of faith in the idea of a file system while we begin to move our PC environment to the cloud, it’s clear that there are some things we’ll be able to do with files in a commercial release of Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS Release Coming Soon? Stable Channel Now Available

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Just like the Chrome browser, it has long been Google’s goal for Chrome OS to have a Stable, Beta and Dev channel for feature iteration. In a move that signifies a closer move to a Chrome OS release, there now is a Stable Channel. You can find this on the latest builds of Chromium OS by going to the about section under the wrench.

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Chrome OS Pilot Program is Really All About the Data

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When Google announced the Chrome OS Pilot with the Cr-48 notebook at the centerpiece, it was a great strategy to try and gain momentum for the platform. It’s also a really great way to get something that Google as an organization covets: lots of valuable data about how these devices can be used.

Remember, this is the company whose goal is to “organize the world’s information“. Surely they are doing the same thing specifically with Chrome OS hardware having these devices out in the wild.

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Google CR-48: Getting Started

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There are plenty of reviews of the new Cr-48 Chrome notebook running Chrome OS. I’m not going to duplicate that. I’ve found that some of the major tips on how things work are a bit scattered, so I thought it would be good to compile them into one place. This guide is designed to get you productive on the Cr-48 quickly.

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Google Announces Chrome OS Pilot Program, 12.1 Inch Notebook Cr-48

Today at this morning’s major Chrome event, Google has just announced that Chrome OS… isn’t done. It still has work to do with camera drivers (for notebook USB ports), finishing Google Cloud Print, and more. But it wants to get the notebook into early adopters’ hands, so it’s announcing a new Pilot Program. Google will be distributing a notebook called Cr-48. These are not for sale, they are designed as a test unit.

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Google Cr-48 Chrome hardware pilot program: ‘Not for the faint of heart’

 

 

Want to get your hands on one of those Chrome OS laptops demoed by Google today? Google’s running a pilot program for the new hardware, and you can sign up.

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